I have been checking out some of the children's books that were published in 2012. Hopefully, I will have a 2012 list in my Workshop Handouts on this site in the next week or so. Also, we have the big children's book awards coming up on the 28th by the America Library Association and I'm excited to see which books they have chosen. 2012 was a great year for children's books, at least in my opinion.
I was teaching a little lesson in a first grade classroom last week and used one of the new books I have found called, "Oh, No, George," by Chris Haughton. It is a fantastic book and is a great way to discuss how sometimes we are so tempted to do something wrong, even when we have promised to be good. The children became instantly involved in the story and loved to say, "Oh no, George!" every time George was tempted. We took the discussion into classroom behavior and how difficult it sometimes is to follow the rules that we promised to follow. The book gives a wonderful example of how George eventually does choose to do what is right.
I have always thought, and continue to think, that books provide a wonderful opportunity to talk about life skills and struggles. A book can create the atmosphere of discussion without preaching. Check out some of the wonderful new books now circulating.